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Hippeastrum bulbs are popular gifts at Christmas. They are often commonly, but incorrectly, known as amaryllis. By following a few easy tips, these showy, beautiful flowers will bloom year after year for you.
Hippeastrum (Diamond Group) 'Fairytale'
Hippeastrum is a tender bulb and needs to be planted in a pot indoors.
Bulbs should flower about six to eight weeks after planting, and should be planted from October to January.
Here’s how to plant your bulbs:
Hippeastrums need re-potting every two or three years in January to March after flowering.
Hippeastrums can be propagated by seed or from bulb offsets.
Seed-raised hippeastrums can take up to six years to reach maturity and flower. They will also usually differ from the parent plant.
Propagation by offsets will produce a flowering bulb in three to four years, which will be identical to the parent plant.
Indoor amaryllis are very popular in the run up to Christmas with many colour forms available. Here are but a few;
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Failure to flower can be due to drying off bulbs too early, growing in excessively shady conditions, or under-watering during the previous summer.
Attack from various fungal diseases or bulb pests (such as bulb scale mite or large narcissus bulb fly) might also be to blame. If placed outdoors in summer, watch out for slugs and snails.
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